The fourteen year ten month career of D5181/25031 was spent allocated to depots on the Eastern, Western, Scottish & London Midland regions. D5179 - D5182 were ordered without boilers which no doubt affected their allocation history. Like 25026 - 25030, 25031 spent its first seven years on the Eastern Region but then moved to the Western Region for five years service in the Welsh Valleys. Shorter periods then followed for service in Scotland & the North West.
Built: BR Darlington Locomotive Works.
D5181 was new to Gateshead (52A) on March 4th 1963. Further transfers were:
January 1967 to Holbeck (55A).
Renumbered November 1973.
25031 was the 19th Class 25 withdrawn, one of two retired during December 1977.
25031 was noted at Glasgow Works by March 1978 and mostly broken up by June 1978 with the cabs lingering a little longer.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Darlington Works January 1966.
The first seven Class 25/1s were allocated to North Eastern Region depots; D5176 - D5178 (boiler equipped) to Holbeck (55A) whilst D5179 - D5182 (non-boilered) were allocated to Gateshead.
D5181 was a well travelled locomotive, spearheading the transfer of Class 25's into Devon and Cornwall to replace the NBL hydraulics, and later being transferred to the Scottish Region, including allocation to Inverness.
On September 17thy D5181 was noted at the Consett ore gantry backing on to empty iron ore wagons (8K05), loco condition green livery with frame level stripe, small yellow warning panels that do not cover the frame level stripe.
Derby Works was host to D5181 during October and November.
5181 was noted at Glasgow Works during October.
During November Holbeck sent six of their Class 25s: 5179-82 and 7624/25, all non boilered to Newport Ebbw Junction (86B). Their duties included the Lydney and Parkend branches, the Pontypool Road shunt and the heavier iron ore workings between Newport Docks and Ebbw Vale or Llanwern steelworks. The Parkend branch saw considerable mineral traffic necessitating as many as three daily trips, usually on Mondays, providing much ballast for the permanent way department
On October 31st 5181/25031 made a test run from Derby Works. The locomotive was presumably renumbered whilst at Works.
The snag sheet for October 31st recorded:
No.1 end leading, recordings made from No.2 end.
Readings below taken after Loughborough.
B cubicle conduits to clip.
During November Exeter was host to foreign Class 25s (& 31s) arriving with sugar beet from the Eastern Region, 25031 (Ebbw Junction allocation) was noted on 2nd, later that day 25031 worked the 20.15 Exeter St. Davids - Newton Abbot and was noted on Exeter depot on November 3rd in ex-works condition.
On March 3rd 25031 was at Severn Tunnel Junction.
A new contract to move pipes from Leith Docks to several long distance locations including Derby, Wisbech and Salisbury, and shorter hauls to Carlisle, Darlington, Law Junction, Maud & Montrose would provide much work for pairs of Haymarket Class 25s. The Leith – Salisbury diagram involved the Scottish Type 2s working as far as Didcot, examples noted were 25011 & 25026 (March 13th) and 25002 & 25317 (March 27th), 25018 & 25031 (April 10th), 25026 & 25092 (April 24th), the locomotives generally returning north light, at least as far as the Birmingham area.
On March 28th 25031 was stabled at Eastfield.
After six months at Inverness 25031 moved to Eastfield during May.
During May 25031 was transferred to Eastfield, a month later it was transferred to Springs Branch.
25031 was on empty coaching stock duty at Liverpool Lime Street on June 11th. 25031 was noted at Edge Hill on June 27th.
On July 20th 25031 was noted passing Blackburn with a freight.
On July 23rd a Manchester Victoria - Bangor service was worked by 25031.
25031 was noted at Kingmoor on October 4th.
The commencement of the new timetable in May brought locomotive hauled six coach trains to the Birmingham - Norwich run, with March depot providing the Class 31s. In the event of failures or extras being run motive power was often Class 25s. Such was the case on May 7th when 25031 & 25136 handled a relief 10.05 Birmingham - Lowestoft to Norwich, returning from Norwich with the 14.45 Yarmouth - Walsall.
25031 was noted at Warrington Bank Quay on June 15th.
25031 was noted at Derby Works during July, by October it was transferred to Eastfield and then promptly stored, it never ran again. It was moved to Glasgow Works the same month, being officially withdrawn at the end of December.
The withdrawal of 25029/31/96 in 1977 were the first of the ‘standard’ Class 25s to go that had not incurred accident damage, the latter two being Scottish Region locomotives.
Page added February 6th 2005.